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Trying Times

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

She was 91, able to live on her own and manage her own life. She had a few health issues, but her major concern was intolerable back pain. She sought various remedies, finally settling on surgery to insert a spinal cord stimulator. In … Read more

Heavy Burdens Lifted

Saturday, May 28, 2022

On two earlier occasions, my husband and I had stayed at the same hotel after driving to visit relatives. This time, we opted for travelling by train. From the Amtrak station, we rode on the light rail system to a station within a short … Read more

God's Discipline

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I remember my early days as a church worker. One of my greatest challenges was meeting up with the 7 a.m. resumption (start) time marked for church workers on Sundays. Before I became a church worker, 9 a.m. was my church resumption time … Read more

Perils Of Life

Friday, May 28, 2021

I have a screen saver on my computer that shows a lake with wildflowers and trees. This setting was the lake behind our house for fifteen years. It was wonderful to hear the loons calling every day through six summers. I used to watch the … Read more

Shed Your Heavy Load

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

In his first letter to the "Pilgrims of the Dispersion", the apostle Peter gives all kinds of advice to young and old alike, and then he tells them: These verses remind me of a story that I read some time ago about a vendor on his way to … Read more

Creatures On Alert

Sunday, November 22, 2020

During our evenings, my husband and I have enjoyed watching nature shows on television. We marvel over the professional, hi-tech motion photography depicting the world of wildlife. Recently, however, I felt the need for a break. It was … Read more

The Locked Stairwell

Sunday, September 27, 2020

As a student, I participated in a job experience program for a few weeks at a local newspaper office. One evening, I took the stairs down to the building lobby instead of the elevator, but as the heavy door latched behind me, I found that … Read more

Meet Our Dinner Guests

Monday, September 21, 2020

Today, I'd like you to meet Chippy and Red, our regular dinner guests this summer. Chippy is a chipmunk; Red is a red squirrel. They live in our backyard and join our evening meals on the deck. It didn't start smoothly, however. Red kept … Read more

Building Character

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Fiery trials of life can be very hard, to the point of causing illness or death. When we come out of them, we may feel toasted from the heat. For the Christian, this is the testing of our mettle. It challenges our resilience and … Read more

Pray, For The Devil Prowls Like A Roaring Lion

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

From my kitchen window, I enjoy the heavy, low-flying, distinctively coloured, quiet, slow-mannered pair of wood ducks that like to rest on their webbed feet awhile on the horizontal branches of my big, old maple trees almost every morning … Read more

All Our Anxieties

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Greek word for anxiety is "merimna" which means to be distracted or divided, to fall apart or to be split into pieces. It is a good description of something that we all experience when life hits us hard. One day, everything seems to … Read more

The Great Ambush

Thursday, April 9, 2020

When I was young, Saturday mornings were spent in front of the television set with my brothers, watching classic Western movies. The golden glow of the American southwest was a far cry from a cool Ontario morning! We loved the cowboys and … Read more

Trust God

Sunday, February 2, 2020

My dad has dementia. He started to wander and get violent in mid-November 2019. There were two trips to the emergency room in three days, admission to the hospital for twelve days, and then admission into a nursing home. During this … Read more

The Speeding Ticket

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The reflection of blue lights flashed in my rear-view mirror. Embarrassed, I pulled over. "Ma'am, can you explain why you were speeding?" "Officer, I wasn't paying attention." When I got home, I looked up the potential consequences: a … Read more

A Modern Parable

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Margaret Fishback Powers is the author of the poem Footprints in the Sand. The poem appears on pillows, cups, and posters. The theme of the poem is that Jesus is the caring one. Lillian Daniel has a contemporary version of a similar … Read more

God Answers Prayers

Friday, January 4, 2019

God in His mercy and love has answered many of my prayers. Some situations required an urgent answer; others not so much. When my children were very small, I was at death's door. I was quickly slipping away. I cried to the Lord in … Read more

The Drama

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I opened the door and let the dogs out at 6:30 a.m., the same as any other morning. As I was coming back into the house, however, I noticed through the living room window that the livestock were going berserk in the corral. At the same … Read more

Hallelujah! For The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I awoke on Saturday night close to 12:00 a.m. with sharp pain in a tooth. After forcing aspirin chips into a tiny cavity that I had previously not known existed, I slept until 6:00 a.m. when pain awoke me. More aspirin chips got me active … Read more

Brake Failure

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Today's devotional title may remind you of a bad dream: the nightmarish experience of losing control. What I have in mind is no dream. It's the actual world that we experience: the horrifying absence of brakes on sinful desire — like … Read more

The Insulation

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

People were thrilled when we finally got a much-needed dump of snow over a three-day period. It had been so cold and all our previous snow had melted during a warm period, leaving the ground exposed before the temperature dropped almost … Read more

The Three Little Squirrels

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

During the summer, out the window, I watched my three friendly squirrels racing about the yard and up and down their tree. The Lord has used them to teach me many important lessons. Tippy arrived just recently, and is so named because of … Read more

Deception

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The first thing that I do every morning is to look out my large bay window to check on the weather. Today, the sky is blue, and the sun is shining brightly. It promises to be a pleasant day, so I head out to walk my dog. It is then that … Read more

Pray, For The Devil Prowls Like A Roaring Lion

Sunday, June 25, 2017

From my kitchen window, I enjoy the heavy, low-flying, distinctively coloured, quiet, slow-mannered pair of wood ducks that like to rest on their webbed feet awhile on the horizontal branches of my big, old maple trees almost every morning … Read more

Black Flies

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm terribly allergic to black fly bites. My first encounter with them not only made me itch, but caused me to be bedridden with a low-grade fever for about two weeks. That Sunday, after I climbed from the covers and dressed to do the … Read more

Snow, Snow, And More Snow

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The sun's rays illuminated the freshly fallen snow outside my living room window. Thousands and thousands of miniature diamonds glistened in the sun. There's nothing like freshly fallen snow. It is pure white, soft, and fluffy as it falls … Read more

Land Of Milk And Honey — And Anti-Fraud

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Last year, my friend was the victim of identity theft. A dozen new credit cards were issued, but rarely did the credit card companies call first to confirm. The way identity theft works is that the perpetrator provides a false address … Read more

Victory

Monday, August 22, 2016

After completing my coffee time with the Lord the other morning, I was enjoying the ever-changing panorama that my bay window greets me with every day. Suddenly, my attention was grabbed by the sight of a huge, black crow gliding down to … Read more

Sorrowful Souls

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Can you imagine the sorrow that Florida is feeling as they go through an epidemic of violence? Do you recall the promising young singer shot, the mass shootings at a nightclub, and a two-year-old child snatched by an alligator in a lagoon? … Read more

Post Tenebras, Lux

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In 1972, while studying at Montpellier in the south of France, I played tourist one weekend and went exploring the countryside farther east. On that trip, I discovered the ruins of an old town, perched high on a rocky promontory. During … Read more

Strange Happenings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Many years ago when I was a young man and a Christian, but not living for the Lord, my life was not what it should have been. Driving from south-western Ontario to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I picked up a hitchhiker in northern Ontario. … Read more

To Worry Or Not To Worry

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace." (Author unknown) My oldest daughter has been undergoing severe back pain for quite some time now. The pain in her lower back is so excruciating, that it has … Read more

A Wonder Of Creation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

During the week between this past Christmas and New Year's, two white, pea-size eggs were carefully deposited in a nest the dimensions of an enlarged, thumb-sized thimble. The nest had been painstakingly constructed from spider webs and … Read more

War Of The Two Worlds

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

As I was perusing an article in my monthly health magazine, I was astonished to read that 500 to 1000 species of bacteria inhabit our intestines, and that equates to roughly 100 trillion micro-organisms, all prepared to defend our bodies … Read more

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